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Non Stop Good Times in the Galapagos- Ecuador & The Galapagos Community Service

Queridos padres,

We cannot fathom how our trip went by so quickly. Here’s what we’ve been up to on our finals days here in Ecuador/the Galápagos.
Monday we flew out to the island of Baltra and then took a ferry over to Santa Cruz where we’ve been staying the past 4 nights. Once we arrived, we took a tour of the Charles Darwin center where we saw tortoises of all ages and sizes. At night we were able to walk to our hotel where we enjoyed delicious food. Some people even stopped for ice cream on the way back!
Tuesday was some serious community service. We planted 200 trees while also learning about the giant tortoises. The evening was spent relaxing by the pool and dinner was at a delicious Italian restaurant.
Community service project
Wednesday was jam-packed with fun. We started our morning on a tour of the farm we worked at the previous day. We also were able to take lots of pictures with the giant tortoises and enjoy a lovely lunch. We then headed to the beach for kayaking and swimming! The night was trip member choice, so sushi and quesadillas were on the menu, separately of course.
Snorkeling at the beach
Thursday, our last day in the Galápagos was all about snorkeling! We took a boat to San Cristobal where we saw some sweet marine life. We particularly enjoyed seeing the turtles. At night, we had a tasty dinner before having a debrief where we talked about what this trip has meant to us through songs. We also gave out awards which helped us reflect back on fond memories.
Friday is our last full day. After a flight to Quito, we will enjoy dinner and say our goodbyes.
Although our trip has come to a close, we know it isn’t adiós — it’s more like ¡hasta luego!
Until next time.
The Westcoast Blogger